The Follow Along Program Cost Analysis in Southwest Minnesota

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Abstract

The Follow Along Program (FAP) is a computer-assisted child-find system for children ages birth to 48 months at risk of developmental delays. The program in southwest Minnesota uses a combination of an initial home visit and subsequent tracking by parent-completed Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQs) at specified intervals. The study found that the annual ASQ cost per child in the region was $45.80, and it varies widely across counties. Labor costs, particularly nurse time cost, was the major component of the total ASQ cost. This study will help managing agencies to strategize their child-find efforts given the availability of local resources in their areas.

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